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Suthers, Makepeace to run off for mayor; Bennett, Strand, Murray voted onto council

       John Suthers out-distanced five opponents, but did not quite gain the majority needed to avoid a runoff in the election for Colorado Springs mayor April 7.
       With over 46 percent of the vote, he will face Mary Lou Makepeace - second best with nearly 24 percent - in a runoff election May 19. Suthers is the previous state attorney general. Makepeace is a former Colorado Springs mayor.
       For City Council, where the top three vote-getters claimed the available at-large seats, incumbent Merv Bennett led the way, followed by newcomers Tom Strand and Bill Murray.
       They will take office April 21, joining the six councilmembers who represent geographic districts of the city. One of those is Larry Bagley, District 2 (northeast part of the city). He was appointed last fall when Joel Miller resigned to run for mayor and retained the seat in this election by defeating Kanda Calef.
       All the candidates, except Bagley, who will finish out Miller's original term ending in 2017, will serve four-year terms.
       Bennett is a retired YMCA CEO who was first elected in 2011. Strand is a former Air Force Academy lawyer and school board member. Murray is also former military, having served as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Space Command. None proposed radical changes to city government, but all stressed the need for better cooperation between mayor and councilmembers.
       In all, 6 people ran for mayor and 13 for council.
       Also in the election, District 4 Councilmember Helen Collins survived a recall vote by a nearly 11 percent margin.
       Unofficial final results from the City Clerk's Office April 8 showed the following candidate vote percentages (rounded off):

       - Suthers, 46.4
       - Makepeace, 23.6
       - Miller, 15.6
       - Amy Lathen, 11.7
       - Lawrence Martinez, 1.3
       - Tony Carpenter, 1.2

       - Bennett, 15.1
       - Strand, 13.3
       - Murray, 11.8
       - Jariah Walker, 10.5
       - Glenn Carlson, 9.0
       - Vickie Tonkins, 8.1
       - Longinos Gonzalez Jr., 6.2
       - Nicholas Lee, 5.8
       - Yolanda Avila, 4.8
       - Vanessa Bowie, 4.5
       - Joe Woyte, 4.5
       - Al Loma, 4.4
       - Jesse Brown Jr., 2.2

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 4/7/15, updated 4/8/15; Politics: City/County)

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